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Warning issued for severe thunderstorms in north-eastern KZN, Gauteng

Authorities said the downpours were expected to make landfall later on Wednesday evening.

The KZN provincial government said on Wednesday disaster management teams will keep a close eye on areas that were prone to localised flooding due to severe thunderstorms.Picture: stock.xchng

DURBAN - The South African Weather Service on Wednesday issued a warning of severe thunderstorms in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal.

Authorities said the downpours were expected to make landfall later in the evening.

The KZN provincial government said disaster management teams would keep a close eye on areas that were prone to localised flooding.

A forecaster at the SA Weather Service Kgolofelo Mahlangu said: “There are possibly some heavy downpours that are going to come with this thunderstorm. The storms are expected to cover parts of uMkhanyakude Municipality and the eastern parts of Zululand Municipality.”

Gauteng residents are being warned to brace for the possibility of severe thunderstorms on Thursday.

The South African Weather Service said that downpours were expected in Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni and Tshwane from the afternoon.

Forecaster Edward Engelbrecht: "It's going to be fine in the morning but becoming partly cloudy later in the afternoon and then we have a 60% chance of afternoon thunderstorms coming from about 1pm. Then with that, we do advise the public to watch out for severe thunderstorms over the eastern part of Gauteng."